Rebecca Rapira-Davies

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7 strange and surprising ways that humans have recently evolved

But evolution is very much still happening today — and it's happening to us.<p>Right here, right now.<p>It's too soon to say what humans will look like a few thousand years from now, but here are some of the most recent quirks — and even superpowers — we've acquired thanks to the power of selection.

Evolution

Scientists Develop A Strain Of Genetically Modified Rice That Neutralizes HIV

An international team of researchers has come up with an innovative solution to the HIV pandemic – genetically modified rice.<p>GMO rice has already …

Organisms

Plastic in seas around NZ pose biggest risk in world's seabirds

Plastic in New Zealand waters has the potential to cause more harm to seabirds than anywhere else in the world, say Forest and Bird.<p>Rubbish that ends …

Who were the Neanderthals?

We know more facts about Neanderthals than any other extinct humans. Many thousands of their artefacts and fossils have been found, including several …

China has stopped taking our recycling and waste. Here's where it's ending up

The "slums of Mumbai" are words which have been used to describe the Huntly Transfer Station.<br>A stockpile of recycling has been sitting at Huntly …

Scientists Record Hottest April Temperature Ever Anywhere On Earth

It's only May, and this year is setting new standards in terrifying extreme temperatures. The latest example comes from Nawabshah, Pakistan, where it …

Paying A Heavy Price For Loving The Neanderthals

One of the biggest surprises about our evolution revealed over just the last decade is the extent to which our ancestors engaged in amorous congress …

Warnings over NZ's kerbside recycling

Councils across the country, and the world, are scrambling to find alternatives to sending their waste to China. So with increased costs & stockpiles …

Sustainability

Visualizing the Prolific Plastic Problem in Our Oceans

on April 21, 2018 at 11:31 am<p>Shares 1.9K<p>In February of 2018, a dead sperm whale washed up on along the picturesque shoreline of Cabo de Palos in …

Pollution

How This Town Produces No Trash

Hey, big nose! Neanderthal honkers were helpful, researchers find

Neanderthals were well adapted to lives of extreme activity. Andrew Masterson reports.

Designer babies: an ethical horror waiting to happen?

Nearly 40 years since the first ‘test-tube baby’, how close are we to editing out all of our genetic imperfections – and should we even try to do so?<p>Comfortably seated in the fertility clinic with Vivaldi playing softly in the background, you and your partner are brought coffee and a folder. Inside …

10-Year Plan prioritises Wellington being predator-free and eco-friendly

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is giving Wellington’s predator-free projects extra priority and is bolstering the city’s efforts to be eco-friendly.

City Politics

Running from the sea: How mass relocation could save coastal communities

IAIN MCGREGOR/STUFF<p>Who will pay for residents of the West Coast town Hector to "relocate" is one issue, whether or not they will leave is another.<p>The …

Rabbit plague invades township

Rabbit numbers on the Moeraki peninsula have skyrocketed and are at "plague" proportions, residents say. The township of Moeraki is "just crawling" …

Biocontrol

And not just the forest. Infra-red video footage has caught a possum, eyes glaring green in the darkness, in the act of scaring a brooding kokako off …

Trojan Possums – are they the next step?

It’s called the Trojan Female Technique and it’s involves a mutation in females that makes all their male offspring infertile. Because it is a gene, …

Native bees - small, solitary and under threat

A native bee on a pōhutukawa flower at Whangarei Heads.<p>They're mostly tiny, boringly black and don't make honey or live in hives. But they have …

Stunning Find Confirms Neanderthals Were Making Tools Using Fire 171,000 Years Ago

Wooden tools made by Neanderthals in Tuscany, Italy, show signs of being deliberately charred to make them easier to work some 171,000 years ago. …

Ocean Giants Are Facing a New And Significant Existential Threat

The mass of the plastic in the oceans right now can be compared to 17 Great Pyramids of Giza, and each year, another 550 Brooklyn Bridges’ worth is …

Farming leader in South Canterbury says wallabies are out of control

Federated Farmers South Canterbury branch president Mark Adams is warning of the impact wallaby numbers are are having in the region.<p>Exploding …

Hastings District Council accepts criticisms of Te Mata Peak walkway consent

Hastings District Council has accepted an independent review that found its resource consent processes to enable the Te Mata Peak walkway didn't …

Teaching the art of listening in the age of me, me me

Stephen Covey, in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, observes that “most people do not listen with the intent to understand. They …

Teaching

Chile Creates Five New Massive National Parks Protecting Over 10 Million Acres Of Land

Chile has officially created five new breathtakingly beautiful national parks, and expanded the boundaries of another two, protecting huge swaths of …

Birdfeeders Have Altered The Evolution Of British Birds

Us Brits (yes, IFLScience is British) are well-known for our love of animals, and we certainly seem to have a soft spot for our feathery friends that …

Use of banned rodent traps on ferries upsets public

Waiheke resident Charlie MacLean says there has to be a more humane way to control rodents on Auckland ferries.<p>Animal rights activists say the use of …

Pest Control

The origin of 'us': what we know so far about where we humans come from

The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new evidence is emerging all the time.<p>…

NASA's New Model Shows Which Cities Will Flood When The Ice Sheets Melt

Researchers at NASA have created a new model of sea level rise, allowing them to predict with incredible accuracy which major cities will be affected …

Caution urged over gene drives for conservation – Expert reaction

<b>To reach New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 goal, researchers have been considering gene-editing techniques to rid the country of invasive stoats, rats</b> …